March 18, 2014 Subject:
My name's Charles and as an authority on the matter it's informalised as "Charlie." If I were to informalise it to "Charley" then I'd be a Charlotte.
Great session, by the way.
October 24, 2009 Subject:
Uh, it's spelled "Charlie" for a reason.
Not trying to get into a flame war here, but the earlier poster needs to know that, while "Charley" is the recognized standard of spelling the informalized "Charles," Mr. Patton himself spelled it "Charlie."
Keep in mind that the great bluesman was not the best educated, and even had he been, he was known for being a bit rebellious, to put it mildly.
If Charlie Patton wanted it spelled this way, I think we owe him to spell it as such.
Either way, this is a great single song to use as an example of his multiple voices he used throughout so many of his songs, as a way to represent the opinions of others discussing the subject matter of the song itself.
He does over a dozen here, and it really is a bit alarming to hear for the first time, for anyone who may be unfamiliar with Charlie's work.
April 7, 2009 Subject:
Duck, people like you ruin reading reviews for everyone else. chill baby baby chill
May 21, 2008 Subject:
What's His Name
I'm always wary of 'facts' written by people that don't even know the name of who they are writing about.
His name was Charley, not Charlie.
October 25, 2004 Subject:
This song was in fact about Charlie Patton's knowledge of friends who were "posessed" by cocaine. Patton's humorous side comes out in this knife guitar tune, which was Patton's only documented tune in open E. In the lyrics, Patton seems to warn others about the evils of cocaine.
This song is not only unique because it was Patton's only song in open E, but because it goes outside the norm of Patton's songs in the number of chord changes: There are seven instead of his usual 3.
Very good ragtime piece.
July 15, 2004 Subject:
this is a great session. Second tier quality sound.